Rita R, May 29, 2014 (view all comments by Rita R)
Now that Maya Angelou will never write another word, I turn back to this classic to be reminded, once again, of her beautiful --yet difficult -- voice, and the life she spun from some difficult and chaotic times. This should be required reading...
Taylor M B, March 3, 2011 (view all comments by Taylor M B)
Everyone in America has heard the name Maya Angelou, we all have a picture of her in our head. What is amazing is her life and how easily accessible it is. After reading "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" I felt as though I grew up with her.
Ms. Angelou does everything from becoming the first African American female to conduct a cable car in San Francisco to touring the world with an opera company. If a girl who grew up in the deep south in the 1930's can go on to be Maya Angelou then anyone can overcome their surroundings and become whatever they dream, that message is what makes this book so important.
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Kristin Bell, September 3, 2010 (view all comments by Kristin Bell)
“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” is Maya Angelou’s memoir of her life up until about her early twenties. Mostly set in the South, she tells of a semi-impoverished childhood in an early 20th century America that is still reeling from the legacy of slavery. Perhaps what is most striking about this memoir is that it was written in the 20th century, but the life she describes is very different than what people experienced even a mere 50 years later. The story is engrossing and at times horrifying, but always interesting. The only reason why I give this book four stars instead of five is that I felt the ending was a bit of a let down–perhaps because I wanted to read more. This book is well worth your time and effort and is an example of why Maya Angelou is so renowned.
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devondas, August 15, 2009 (view all comments by devondas)
This is the type of book you keep on your shelf for future reads and only reluctantly loan out to good friends. If a book had flavor, this one would be one to be savored again and again.
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